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Do you know their changes ? If you do not, do not say that you want a stimulus to read. Each of them is a study in itself; they are studies that will amuse you, that will instruct you, and that will elevate you.
ADMIRATION AND ASPIRATION. It is a good thing to believe; it is a good thing to admire. By continually looking upwards our minds will themselves grow npwards, and as a man, by indulging in habits of scorn and contempt for others, is sure to descend to the level of what he despises, so the opposite habits of admiration and enthusiastic reverence for excellence impart to ourselves a portion of the qualities we admire. Here, as in everything else, humility is the surest path to exaltation.-Dr. Arnold.
THE PAVEMENT OF LONDON. The pavement of London is one of the greatest marvels of our time. It covers nearly 3000 acres, two-thirds whereof consists of what may be called mosaic work, done in plain style, and the other third of smooth flagging. Such a series of works far transcends in quantity, as it excels in quality, the Appian way, which was the wonder of ancient Roine, and which would cut but a poor figure as contrasted with one of our commonest streets. The ancient consular way was but fifteen feet wide in the main, and was filled in with blocks of all shapes and sizes, jointed together, and planed only on the surface—the length of its devious course, from south to north of Italy, was under 300 miles. The paved streets of London number over 5000, and exceed 2000 miles in length !
THE GREAT PYRAMID. The original dimensions of the Great Pyramid, near Gizeh, were 764 square feet at the base, and 408 feet of perpendicular height; covering 43 acres, 1 rood, 22 perches of ground. It consumed 89,028,000 cubic feet of stone; and Mr. Tite adds, that it could not now be built for less than 30 millions sterling !
CONTINUOUS STUDY NECESSARY. It is no more possible for an idle man to keep together a certain stock of knowledge than it is possible to keep together a stock of Ice exposed to the meridian sun. Every day destroys a fact, a relation, or an influence; and the only method of preserving the bulk and value of the pile is by constantly adding to it.---Sydney Smith.
THE FIRESIDE. It is within the bosom of their own families that men appear as they really are. The mask must drop from the countenance at the fireside. There all formality is thrown away, and all studied attitude forgotten, as too cumbrous and oppressive for such a scene. So convinced was that shrewd and sagacious observer, John Newton, of this, that when he heard a friend, on one occasion, praising the character of another very highly, and appealing to him for his assent, he replied, “I should like to see the man at ! his own fireside.” And if, even at your own fireside, your conduct prove in a great degree the reflection and the confirmation of your counsels, who can calculate the amount of beneficent moral influence that you may be privileged to shed around you! Far better this quiet sunshine, this dropping of the gentle dew of a holy life, in which every new day is just a new lesson in goodness, than exciting dramatic scenes got up in a household, as if to carry the individual's conversion by storm. Look at that Cornelius, and behold the reward and the fruit of his piety i in "the devout soldier that waited on him continually." And we ourselves have received the testimony of servants in this very city, that the Sabbath-evening instructions of a master first impressed their minds with the supreme importance of religion, and that the earnestness of a mas' ter's family prayers, illustrated by his "holy conversation coupled with fear,” won them over effectually and for ever from the world to God.
THE ONLY WAY. There is no way left but this ; fair means, as we say,' will not do; good words, a glorious Gospel, entreatings, beseeching with blood and tears, will not do. Men are resolved to put God to the utmost of it; if he will have them, he must fetch them, follow them, catch them, lame them; yea, break their bones, or else he will not save them. Some men think an invitation, a mere outward call, a rational discourse will do ; but they are much deceived. There must be a power, an exceeding great and mighty power attending the Word, or it works not effectually to the salvation of the soul. I know that these things leave men without excuse; but they are not enough to bring men home to God. Sin has hold of them ; they have sold themselves to it; the power of the devil has hold of them, they are his captivcs at his will; yea, and more than all this, their will is one with sin, and with the devil, to be held captive thereby; and without God there will be no contrition, repentance, or a broken heart for sin, there will not be, no, not so much as a mind in man to forsake this so horrible a confederacy and plot against his soul.Випуап.
THE GREAT MULTITUDE. Long before they were born, God the Father saw what he could make of them, if he dressed them in the righteousness of faith, and put Christ's Spirit in them. He saw what a happy, holy company he could make out of them, though he knew he would find them sinners.
You see, then, it was Jesus that saved them all. Do you not wonder at this ? Oh, it shows what a heart of love Jesus has-what a heart of holy lore he has. Once there was a deaf and dumb boy, who was taught his task by a kind friend. This kind lady could speak to him only by signs and pictures. She drew upon a paper a picture of a great crowd of people, old and young, standing near a wide, deep pit, out of which smoke and flames were issuing. She then drew the figure of one who came down from heaven; and this was to represent Jesus, the Son of God, She explained to the boy that when this person came, he
aske 1 Göd not to throw the people into the pit, if he himself agreed to be nailed to a cross for them; and how, as soon as he bowed his head on the cross and died, the pit was shut up and the people saved! The deaf and dumb boy wondered much; but he made signs “ that the person who died on the cross was but One, and the crowd very many. How could God be content to take One for so many ?" The lady took off her gold ring, and then put beside it a great heap of withered leaves of flowers, and asked the boy which was the best, the one gold ring, or the many, many dry leaves ?” The boy clapped his hands with delight, and spelt the word “ One! One !" And then, to show that he knew what this meant, and that Jesus was the One who was worth all the rest, he ran and got his letters, and looking up, spelt the words, " Good, good one." He had learned that day, dear children, that Jesus alone had saved them all, and he stood wondering at his love.A. A. Bonar.
RETIREMENT. Solitary retirement is one of the most necessary and profitable duties a Christian can perform, one of the greatest privileges he can embrace, and one of the happiest of enjoyments he can indulge in and partake of. It is then he has time for reflection, meditation, and spiritual exercise, then, from whence arise those blessed seasons a Christian so much delights in, when he can enjoy sweet communion, and holy “fellowship with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ,” and if overwhelmed with the cares, sorrows, and anxieties of this world, he can, in retirement unburden his soul, and lay open his troubled breast before God, and with hopes of comfort derive innumerable blessings. O yes ; it is then, whilst safe and at rest, he can contemplate the bliss and happiness of that heavenly world, where there is fullness of joy and pleasures for evermore, where every care will have ceased, every fear have vanished, where every desire shall be fulfilled, every temptation shall be done away with, every grace be perfected, and where there will be no more enemies to
resist, no more passions to subdue, and where no more sorrows will have to be endured, all then will be perfect, for God will be all and in all.
To seek my Saviour's face ?
But to a throne of grace.
Surpasses all the rest,
And all within me blest.
'Tis Jesus entering in,
Will lead me far from sin.
All peace I there receive,
From Him who's ever true,
And all his ways pursue.
On Jesus I'll depend,
In heaven it will end.
There joy shall never cease,
My friends are gone before,